Maritza Alvarez

I'm 28 years old. I have a 9 year old son. Fitness is a big part of my life, currently pursuing my dream of becoming a Kinesiology professor

Placed 17th

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Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Maritza Alvarez and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

I would recommend others that the start to living a healthy lifestyle is having a positive mind and understanding it's a lifestyle not just a temporary situation. Good things take time, and it all starts in the kitchen. Not necessarily dieting but just making better food choices. Also not every workout works for every one, so chose something that is fun and efficient for you and to keep an openmind for new workouts/food/meditation.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

The way that fitness has positively influenced my life is by giving me a boost in my CONFIDENCE. I'm a mom to a 9 year old and it's sometimes hard to feel pretty when you feel like a complete mess. Sometimes as a mom we do millions of things for others and forget to treat ourselves. Working out is treating yourself. Not only does it get you fit and healthy it also fights everyday stressors and anxiety. Helps me keeps sane!

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

If I had the privilege to be the next Ms Health and Fitness I would use those $20,000 to finish school. I'm 28 years old and at the age of 19 I became a mom. My son was born premature at 30 weeks and was born with some delays, I took time of school and work trying to help my son the most I could my being involved in his development. By the time he reached kinder I decided it was my time to go back to school. I just graduated from college with 3AAs one being Kinesiology & transferring to get